March 10, 2021 9-10AM UTC & 230-330PM UTC
We are inviting inroads members to host online sessions (dialogues, webinars or workshops) around key thematic areas in the network, as a way to build deeper understandings, center experience and creatively strategize ways to bust abortion stigma.The goals of these online sessions are skill-sharing and relationship-building. We encourage members to pitch sessions that involve both “discussing” the goals and learnings of a part of their work AND “demonstrating” these through a collective activity. As online sessions are envisioned to be mutual learning spaces, we encourage members to take time to plan them out to be as interactive and participatory as possible.
Inroads staff will review the proposals submitted, and select only the sessions that fit into the ongoing activities of the network, align with network values and build towards the long term goals of the network. In the current moment, the network is particularly inclined to support proposals that work on:
If you have any questions about Hosting an Online session, do Attend the BYOQ (Bring Your Own Question) session with inroads staff .
We invite you to a dialogue, grounded in the values of mutual learning and community care, between Camila Ochoa Mendoza (Abortion, with Love podcast) and Renee Bracey Sherman (We Testify, USA). The discussants are inroads members who have been boldly busting abortion stigma in Storytelling, from centering the leadership and voices of people who have abortions to shifting the media narrative around abortions, to creating their own podcasts to reclaim the ways we talk about abortions. There will be room for participants to ask questions, share and engage. Tune in to listen to their experiences, questions, and dreams and join in the conversation for a stigma-free world!
Camila is a reproductive justice activist and researcher. She is the creator of the podcast Abortion, with Love, and her work is dedicated to destigmatizing abortion, and advancing access to comprehensive reproductive care for all people.
Renee is a reproductive justice activist, abortion storyteller, strategist, and writer. She is the founder and executive director of We Testify, an organization dedicated to the leadership and representation of people who have abortions and share their stories at the intersection of race, class, and gender identity. She is also an executive producer of Ours to Tell, an award-winning documentary elevating the voices of people who’ve had abortions.
We invite you to a spacious dialogue, grounded in the values of mutual learning and community care, between Ika Ayu (Samsara, Indonesia) and Isabel Perez (YCSRR, Venezuela/Argentina). The discussants are inroads members who have vast experience as acompañantes working closely alongside people’s abortion experiences and also running hotlines for self-managed abortions. There will be room for participants to ask questions, share and engage. Tune in to listen to their experiences, questions, dreams for a stigma-free world!
Isabel is a young venezuelan migrant woman living in Argentina, she’s a social psychologist specialized in Sexual and Reproductive Rights. She’s a medical abortion doula and an international sexual and reproductive rights advocate member of the Youth Coalition for Sexual and Reproductive Rights (YCSRR), where she’s the current Chair of the Board of Directors
Ika works together with Samsara, a feminist organization in Indonesia who focus in Sexual Reproductive Health Rights and safe abortion. Samsara’s vision is to create a world without discrimination where everyone’s sexual and reproductive rights are fully recognized, respected, and fulfilled. She is a passionate activist in various feminist networks.
Connection, communication, and solidarity are key elements to busting abortion stigma. Due to the current pandemic, inroads members who typically gather in person with colleagues and comrades are using online spaces to connect with each other.
While more and more online possibilities are flourishing, there are still many challenges that we face in terms of facilitating safe, accessible, intimate and secure spaces. The inroads team also constantly tries to bring the magic of in-person gatherings to online spaces, yet we do find that facilitating online spaces is unique and something we could train ourselves better towards
Keeping this in mind, the inroads team has organised a two hour training on Online Facilitation tools and techniques designed specifically for inroads members. This is an interactive training, where participants are encouraged to connect via a laptop, and communicate any accessibility needs with the facilitators beforehand. As a lot of the training will be designed based on the registrants, we ask that you treat your registration as a commitment, and inform us in case you need to drop out.
This training will be facilitated by Bianca Campbell and Maria Abigail Santos. Here are their bios:
Bianca is an upbeat, heart-led coach (and recovering workaholic) experienced in helping people conjure more of what they want and deserve out of their career and activism. During their nine years doing reproductive justice work, Bianca has supported small organizations and over 50 activists of color navigate burn out, imposter syndrome, setting realistic work paces, and compassionate team management. Follow @spektrawellness on Instagram.
Born in the Philippines, Maria immigrated to the United States when she was seven years old, settling with her family in Arizona and eventually moving to San Francisco, CA in high school. Maria earned both her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University’s College of Ethnic Studies. Since 2010, she has worked with multiple community-based organizations in San Francisco providing support and facilitation of services ranging from after school enrichment programs to workforce development training for young people. In 2016, Maria shifted to movement building and advocacy work. Currently, she is the Movement Building Coordinator at Forward Together, a US-based organization that ensures all families have the rights, recognition and resources to thrive. Maria is passionate about Filipino food, baked treats and envisioning new ways to do work that is joyful, sustainable and based in abundance.
As of September 1 2020, inroads is a full independent non-profit organisation. After 6 years of partnership, inroads will no longer be hosted by Ipas. The members of inroads are why the network exists: to share resources, energy and collaborations in order to take on entrenched stigma and discrimination. We want to celebrate this new step with all of us! Please register below for the inroads Indepen-dance (a virtual celebration) on October 14 2020, 14:30 GMT.
For everyone who registered for the Spacious Solidarity talk about acompanying abortions during Covid-19 back in April.
Isabel Perez, who facilitated the open house on the western hemisphere, will be joining us again to host a follow-up talk with members. This open forum will discuss challenges and solutions that have come up as we all adjust to the “new normal” of even more limited resources and social distancing.
Last time we covered a range of topics, and would like to continue.
This time, we will also have space for spanish peaking members and english speaking members to share and discuss among themselves, and share back with the group.
Para todos los que se inscribieron en la plática de “Spacious Solidarity” en el abril, que se trataba de acompañamiento en el tiempos del Covid-19.
Isabel Pérez, quien facilitó la del hemisferio occidental, se unirá a nosotros nuevamente para organizar una segunda plática con los miembros. Este foro abierto discutirá los desafíos y las soluciones que han surgido a medida que todos nos adaptamos a la “nueva normalidad” de mantenerse distancia y tener recursos aún más limitados.
La última vez cubrimos una variedad de temas y nos gustaría continuar. Posibilidades:
Esta vez, también tendremos espacio para miembros para compartir y discutir entre ellos en ingles o español, y luego compartir con el grupo.
Inroads now has three COVID related resources that are available on a rolling basis:
There is more information about each of these on the main page of our website! Please join us on Wednesday 8 July as we answer any and all questions you may have about how to apply for any of these resources at our BYOQ.
In June and July, inroads has open on a rolling basis three COVID related resources: 1) inroads COVID Emergency Funds 2) Request inroads TA or/and 3) Join inroads pool of TA providers! There is more information about each of these on the main page of our website!
At the same time, on Wednesday 10 June, inroads staff is hosting a BYOQ (Bring Your Own Question) Webinar for members to learn about and ask questions around these inroads COVID related resources.
Note: The timing of this session is preferable for people in the Eastern hemisphere.
In the second open house, Ika Ayu of Indonesia invites members to talk about challenges, ideas and suggestions around Accompanying abortions in times of COVID 19. This session is open to everyone whether or not you work as a doula or acompaṇante. This is a learning and dialogue space so please do bring your head and hearts!
We hope you can join the conversation!
Note: The timing of this session is more suitable to members in the Western Hemisphere!
In the first open house, Isabel Perez of Argentina invites members to talk about challenges, ideas and suggestions around Accompanying abortions in times of COVID 19. This session is open to everyone whether or not you work as a doula or acompaṇante. This is a learning and dialogue space so please do bring your head and hearts!
We hope you can join the conversation!